Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 update with new Photos app, iCloud Photo Library

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in macOS edited April 2015
Apple on Wednesday released OS X Yosemite version 10.10.3, bringing with it the company's long-promised Photos app, as well as a collection of bug fixes and security improvements.




Photos replaces iPhoto and Aperture, organizing images and video while providing some basic image editing functions. Users can browse media in Moments, Collections, and Years views, as well as Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs. That content can also be uploaded to iCloud Photo Library in full resolution.

Photobooks can be composed using simplified tools as well as newly-added themes. New square book formats are included as well, and users can buy prints through the app in extra square and panoramic formats.

iCloud Photo Library has also exited beta, making it possible to browse a personal photo collection from any device running OS X Yosemite or iOS 8, as well as iCloud.com. The service is also designed to make it easier to share photos and videos, and even allows any person with access to a shared album to make comments.

For software developers the update contains application programming interfaces needed to support the Force Touch functions of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and the upcoming 12-inch MacBook.

Other improvements include 300 new emoji, among them ones with different skin tones, and the addition of Spotlight suggestions for the Look Up panel. Bugfixes deal with problems like Wi-Fi performance and captive network compatibility, Bluetooth devices disconnecting, and the reliability of screen sharing. Safari should have better stability and security, and no longer save website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing mode.

OS X 10.10.3 can be downloaded via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store app.
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  • Reply 1 of 67
    houseleyhouseley Posts: 147member
    Being brave and pludging now...
  • Reply 2 of 67
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,029member
    Think I'll wait for the next point release before moving my iphoto library across.

    Still, from playing around photos seems nice.
  • Reply 3 of 67

    So I would guess we can expect iOS 8.3 this week or next week?

  • Reply 4 of 67
    pigybankpigybank Posts: 149member
    So what happens to my existing events and albums organization?
  • Reply 5 of 67
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 4,960member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pigybank View Post



    So what happens to my existing events and albums organization?

     

    "Events" are deprecated. 

     

    iPhoto albums will move over to Photos Albums

    iPhoto events will retain their organzation as albums under an "iPhoto events" album. 

     

    All in all, pretty much everything is retained, and the migration is elegant. I've been running the 10.10.3 beta for a while, and I absolutely love the new Photos App. Takes some getting used to, but although it looks very simple, its pretty powerful. 

  • Reply 6 of 67
    johnnashjohnnash Posts: 127member

    Silly question - Can I delete the old iPhoto library as it seems to have created a Photos Library?

  • Reply 7 of 67
    Can you limit the photos to import from iPhoto? or do you have to import the entire iPhoto library?
  • Reply 8 of 67
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    2 GB, good thing the work net is fast.
  • Reply 9 of 67
    pfunkpfunk Posts: 7member
    Has anyone tried accessing an Aperture library with this? Just wondering if this new app converts the photo database so it is then inaccessible by Aperture (which I plan on using until I figure out what I'm going to do...most likely go to Lightroom at some point I guess).
  • Reply 10 of 67
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,114member
    I'll download it tonight. I've already been testing 10.10.x via Appleseed.

    Downloading 8.3 right now. Glad I restored both my iPhone and iPad the night before. Photo Library is working much better now.
  • Reply 11 of 67
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,006member

    Just finished installing 10.10.3 via App Store Updates, and so far so good! Can't comment on wireless, as I never had that issue, but my Magic Mouse has stopped suffering from random stuttering and disconnections!

     

    Right now converting my Aperture library into the new Photos app and will take it for a test drive!

     

    BTW, iOS 8.3 is now out, bug fix list is MASSIVE!!! Downloading for update via iTunes to my iPhone and iPad now...

  • Reply 12 of 67
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 28,793member
    hmurchison wrote: »
    I'll download it tonight. I've already been testing 10.10.x via Appleseed.

    Downloading 8.3 right now. Glad I restored both my iPhone and iPad the night before. Photo Library is working much better now.

    What do you mean? You wiped and restored both?
  • Reply 13 of 67
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member

    The Reduce Transparency option keeps getting enabled after unlocking a password protected screensaver, or logging out and back in.

     

    Apple engineers either want everyone to use Reduce Transparency all the time, or they never put passwords on screensavers and never log out of their own computers.  Perhaps it is some kind of revenge stunt for all the initial complaints about the blurry UI elements when Yosemite was first announced.  So someone at Apple decided "You don't want our blurry translucency?  Fine, we'll force the even uglier Reduce Transparency option on everyone all the time!"

  • Reply 14 of 67

    do you have to import an entire iPhoto library into Photos?  no way to select just what you want to import?   concerned on how much I can fit into my iCloud space.

  • Reply 15 of 67

    I might consider trying this IF you can totally disable any interaction with the Cloud.

    I took close on 80GB (64Mb/shot) worth of Pictures last weekend. Do I want to blow my ISP quota uploading this lot?

    No I don't and I don't think I am the only one who will have these sorts of concerns.

  • Reply 16 of 67
    pfunkpfunk Posts: 7member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MagMan1979 View Post

     

     

     

    Right now converting my Aperture library into the new Photos app and will take it for a test drive!

     

     


    thats commitment (unless you made a backup).   Just got told by another on this forum that you can't view the converted Photo database in Aperture.  I'm not touching this thing...will be going to Lightroom. 

  • Reply 17 of 67
    konqerrorkonqerror Posts: 685member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Pfunk View Post

     

    thats commitment (unless you made a backup).   


     

    Wrong. Photos leaves the original Aperture library and creates a new one with a different format.

  • Reply 18 of 67
    konqerrorkonqerror Posts: 685member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post


      So someone at Apple decided "You don't want our blurry translucency?  Fine, we'll force the even uglier Reduce Transparency option on everyone all the time!"

     

    Or maybe... just maybe... something is broken with your particular system.

     

    (separate post due to edit mistake)

  • Reply 19 of 67
    joogabahjoogabah Posts: 98member

    Just finished installing on 2 Macbook Airs.  One was a 2011 model with no encryption and the update completed just fine.  The other was a 2013 13" model with an encrypted hard drive and a firmware password.  The update left that one with a flashing folder with a question mark after restarting.  I'm restoring now with the recovery partition.  I'm hoping that will leave me with 10.10.3 so I don't have to do it over again.

  • Reply 20 of 67
    pfunkpfunk Posts: 7member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by konqerror View Post

     

     

    Wrong. Photos leaves the original Aperture library and creates a new one with a different format.


    Well thats good to hear! But still not useful to me given the size of my photo databases...

     

    Still total crap for Apple to drop Aperture without a feature matched replacement. 

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